Hometown Hero Felipe Sanchez
In healthy cultures of the past, older people were integrated into the family, appreciated for their wisdom and perspective, and treated with respect. In many ways in recent decades, older people have become marginalized by society and victimized by people looking to defraud them. In fact, it’s not just older people. People in all facets of society say that we’ve lost a sense of interconnection. But then along comes someone like Felipe Sanchez.
Growing up with several older role models in his life, Sanchez has a lot of respect for his elders. Many of his neighbors are elderly and have lived in the same community for most of their lives. Without hesitation, Sanchez—who owns DW Fence Company—automatically gives these neighbors a discount and lends extra assistance when and where he can. This is good business as well as good citizenship, since nearly all of his business comes from referrals.
But possibly the best example of Sanchez’s kindness and generous spirit happened after he met his neighbors and close friends, Penny and Kenneth Stone. Sanchez bought property for his business next door to the Stones. It turned out the property was once part of Penny Stone’s family home. Her childhood memories of the place are cherished--riding horses around the manicured lawn and playing with friends under the trees. So when Sanchez bought the land and began clearing downed trees and tidying up the lawn, making it spick and span, just as it had been in Mrs. Stone’s childhood, it warmed her heart. The Stones and Sanchez’s family began to spend time together—Sanchez’s children playing with the Stones grandchildren—and to share barbecues and other family gatherings.